Polynesian Cheese Ball

Jane Whittaker


This won in one of the appetizer weeks of the Real Women of Phuladelphia in 2010. I was so excited to win.
I just found out that this recipe will be in their Real Women of Philadelpia cookbook coming out ths fall.
I just received a copy signed by Paula Deen!!! What a thrill!. The recipe was changed into a cheese log and the name is Polynesian Cheese Log. it is on page 22. The Book is The Real Women of Philadelphia season one.
That's quite a thrill for a lil ole country girl like me.
Dippers for this are crispy wheat crackers, pineapple spears, or vanilla wafers.

★★★★★ 2 votes
15 Min


16 oz
philadelphia cream cheese with pineapple
1/4 c
sweetened flaked coconut
1/4 c
crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly
2 medium
green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp
seasoned salt
1 Tbsp
rum extract, or 2 teaspoons of run, the real stuff
2 c
macadamia nuts, divided

How to Make Polynesian Cheese Ball


  • 1A trick to keep the pineapple from moving,is take a slice to flatten one side. I usually trim off leaves that are not pretty, and use the best side of the pineapple facing up.
  • 2Soften cream cheese to room temp.
  • 3Mix all together well, reserving one cup macadamia nuts to roll ball in. If using as a dip, like here, just use 1 cup of nuts.
  • 4If making a cheese ball, form 1 or 2 balls, roll in nuts, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Overnight is better.
  • 5Another nice idea was given by the appetizer's host's daughter. She put it into a pineapple half as just a dip, and it was so pretty that way. In that case you wouldn't want to roll it in macadamia nuts, the cup of nuts you reserved, sprinkle on top for garnish.
  • 6You can more or less ingredients if you like, to your taste. I have even used rum instead of rum extract.
    The flavors are really best if made the day before.

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About Polynesian Cheese Ball

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers, Spreads
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy